(CNSNews.com) - The release of an 11-year-old videotape in which Donald Trump speaks in vulgar terms about trying to seduce women has prompted outrage among Democrats, some Republicans, and the liberal media, but it's hard to believe they're really offended, Rush Limbaugh said on Monday.
"You know, I find it ironic that the Democrat Party wants to throw down the morality card. The Democrat Party, which is responsible for the dissolution of morality in this country. The Democrat Party, which is for all these progressive new attitudes in our culture, and now all of a sudden acting like a bunch of prudes, acting like, 'Oh, my God, I have never been this outraged. Oh, this is just beyond the pale.'
"These are the architects of this kind of stuff. If Trump were a Democrat, they'd be covering it up and privately inviting him to parties and yukking it up," Limbaugh said on Monday's radio show.
"All these people on the left and the media running around outrageously offended? They're not offended in the slightest by what Trump said! They're capitalizing on it. They're the ones that set up this permissive society! They're the ones who have shred the boundaries. They are the ones who have erased... These are the people that take money from people in Hollywood that produce some of the most depraved content we have seen!
"And they celebrate it and they applaud it and they call it great art. And it's far, far more destructive in terms of how it is portrayed than what Trump's talking about on some bus in a studio lot at Access Hollywood. So the hypocrisy on this is tenfold. They get to act like they're righteously indignant and like this is the greatest assault on morality and decency, and these people have presided over the destruction of decency!
"In song lyrics that they produce, music, in books they write, television shows that they produce, movies! For these people to act like they've never heard these words before and never heard them used this way? It's opportunism. It has nothing to do with the issues. It has nothing to do with the future of this country, and my guess is that a slew of Americans are fed up with all of this kind of rotgut determining electoral outcomes, particularly this year."
After the 2005 videotape of Donald Trump caught on a hot microphone was leaked to the Washington Post over the weekend, Trump's rival Hillary Clinton tweeted, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.” Her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), was quoted as saying,“It makes me sick to my stomach.”
Trump told the nation at Monday night's debate he is "very embarrassed" by what he said 11 years ago. "I hate it. But it's locker room talk, and it's one of those things." Later, he told the crowd, "I apologize for those words. But it is things that people say. But what President Clinton did, he was impeached, he lost his license to practice law."
On Monday's radio show, Limbaugh made the point that the political/media establishment will destroy anyone who challenges their grip on power:
"If they were able to demonize Mitt Romney, and they demonized George W. Bush, they'll be able to demonize anybody. If this is the kind of way they go to win elections, they're never going to stop winning elections, if this is all it takes. And I think a number of people have become outraged by this," Limbaugh said.
He continued: "This is what it looks like when you take on the establishment. This is exactly what it looks like. It isn't gonna be pretty. It isn't gonna be clean. It isn't gonna be pristine. The establishment, with everything they are invested in the establishment, remaining the establishment and in power, they are just not gonna sit back and trust this to your votes. They're not gonna trust this to an election, to a campaign. Not gonna trust it at all. They're gonna do everything they can to destroy whoever it is that wants to take control from them.
"And, in the process, they're gonna destroy that person so as to send a message to the next guy, 'Don't even think about it. Don't even try. Look what we did to Donald Trump. Look what we did to whoever,' is the message.
"When this whole thing began -- when it became clear that what this was, was going to be an effort to unseat the elites, the establishment, whatever you want to call 'em -- you have to have a sober understanding of who they are and what it means to them. And they're not just going to throw it open to what they think is a fair election."